Artistic Ensembles Illustrate Connections between Faiths

Posted: October 5, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Two internationally renowned ensembles join forces to produce an incredible melding of sound in a performance titled “Sacred Bridges” on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

King’s Singers, with the instrumentalists of Sarband, combine extraordinary vocals with incredible instrumentation, and an appearance by two Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes create a unique program crossing continents with music and psalms and illustrating the mystical connections between three faiths: Muslim, Christian and Jewish.

The performance begins at 8 p.m., with a pre-performance artistic discussion – free to ticketholders – beginning 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The Psalms of David, revered and extolled for centuries by each of the monotheistic religions, are set to music by composers from the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in Hebrew, French and Turkish.

King's Singers and Sarband
King’s Singers and Sarband

King’s Singers is an ensemble universally praised for nearly 40 years for its seamless interpretation of all kinds of music. King’s Singers are David Hurley, countertenor; Robin Tyson, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Philip Lawson, baritone; Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; and Stephen Connolly, bass.

The word “Sarband,” denotes a musical coupling and has origins derived from Persian and Arabic. This is an appropriate moniker for an ensemble devoted to pursuing complex musical connections since its founding by Vladimir Ivanoff in 1986. Sarband’s mission is to illustrate all possible connections between European music and Islamic and Jewish music-culture. Sarband musicians are Mustafa Dogan Dikmen, voice; Celaleddin Biçer, nei; Ahmet Kadri Rizeli, kemençe; Bahadir Sener, kanun; and Vladimir Ivanoff, percussion and musical director.

The performance also features Ibrahim Birlikay and Metin Erkus, Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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